It’s impossible to calculate the numbers of aspiring—and experienced professional—musicians who’ve learned from and been inspired by the veteran players who’ve shared their skill and knowledge via Homespun’s lovingly produced products and kept musical traditions alive for future generations. In recognition of their contributions to culture and the music industry, the Traums were recently presented with the National Association of Music Merchants’ Milestone Award.
Here’s a link to a 2007 feature I wrote about Happy and Jane to commemorate Homespun’s 40th anniversary:
In this classic Homespun clip, the late, great Doc Watson teaches how to play the folk standard “Salt Creek”:
Happy anniversary to Homespun Music from all of us here at Chronogram, Happy and Jane, and thanks for your essential and important work. Here’s to 50 more!
For more information, visit https://www.homespun.com/.
Topping the bill this year is local boy done good Sawyer Fredericks, who rocketed to fame in 2015 by winning the eighth season of TV’s “The Voice.” Other acts set to appear are July Talk, Joceyln and Chris Arndt, Mister F, Alchemystics, Shinobi Ninja, Bad Mothers, DJ Y2J, Sun Voyager, Craving Strange, Bathrobe Robots, and many more.
Here’s one by July Talk:
The MOVE Music Festival will take place at venues in Albany, Cohoes, and Troy, New York, on April 27, 28, and 29. For a full schedule, tickets, and other information, visit http://www.movemusicfest.com/.
The band is comprised of guitarist Jerry Adler (Wave Sleep Wave, the Blam, Flugente) and sitarist Mustafa Bhagat (Biryani Boys) and creates compelling, drone-heavy, experimental ambient sounds. “We call them ‘sonic ragas’” says Adler, quite fittingly, as a spin of the self-titled, four-cut disc reveals. To celebrate the release, the pair will perform on April 20 at Smolen Observatory on the SUNY New Paltz campus tonight at 7:30pm. The event is free. For more information, call (845) 257-1110 or visit http://www.meetup.com/mhastro/events/229425211/.
Meanwhile, get a taste of the twosome’s mind-expanding art below:
Spark Media Project is an arts and education organization focused on nurturing creativity and building skillsets among youth through media arts and technology. Located in Poughkeepsie, NY, they aim to create a teaching/learning environment where artists, educators, community activists, and especially children and teens can learn to interact with the media arts as both creators and as critical viewers.
Hugh Abdullah Rashid Brodie was born in Warren County, North Carolina, in 1933. A cousin of the great Ella Fitzgerald, he played clarinet, flute, and sang but was mainly known for his work on the tenor and soprano saxophones. His discography is, regrettably, thin, and the few records he made are misguided commercial jazz funk exercises instead of the robust hard bop he’s known for; hopefully, some more representative archival recordings will emerge in the years to come. Brodie played for a time in the Illinois Jacquet Big Band and lived in Monticello, was a regular presence on the Hudson Valley jazz scene. He leaves behind a wife, three daughters, a granddaughter, and three great-grandchildren.
Here he is leading his Cosmic Ensemble at the Falcon in 2007:
A celebration of Hugh Brodie’s life and music will take place at the Falcon in Marlboro, New York, on a future date. For more information, call (845) 236-7970 or visit http://www.liveatthefalcon.com/.
“Transcendental Geometry” presents four world premieres of large-scale new music written by composers Kyle Gann, Shawn Jaeger, Kristofer Svennson, and Katherine Balch, all of which utilize non-traditional tunings. “Not often do audiences have the opportunity to hear radically new, precise, and beautiful harmonies created by such a large ensemble,” says the group. “By commissioning and performing new works using non-Western tunings, Contemporaneous seeks to expand our vision for what music can be, down to the very notes themselves.”
Here, the group performs Andrew Norman’s “Try” at the Bang on a Can Marathon in 2014:
Contemporaneous will present “Transcendental Geometry” at Murray’s in Tivoli on April 15 at 8pm. Admission is $20. For more information, call (845) 757-6003 or visit http://murraystivoli.com/.
Steven Tobolowsky, best known as Ned Ryerson in Groundhog Day will be at the Bearsville Theater to discuss his book, My Adventures with God on Friday, April 28. His book being a funny and introspective collection of love, catastrophe, and triumph through the lens of his evolving relationship with the mystery that is God.
Joe Donohue of WAMC will interview Robert Thurman, Jey Tsong Khapa Profesor of Indo-Tibetan Buddhist Studies in the Department of Religion. The interview will take place at Kleienert/James Center for the Arts in Kingston on Saturday, April 29.
Full festival passes are available as well as one-day intensives ranging from $250-450. Individual event tickets range from $15-25.